Firefighters reap rewards from bountiful cook-off

The Weems Hospital team, from left, Joanna Page, Jody Fortunas and Liz Sisung, present their Oysters Photo available for purchase

The Weems Hospital team, from left, Joanna Page, Jody Fortunas and Liz Sisung, present their Oysters Mirabella.

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 12:28 PM.

There was very little that didn’t go right Saturday at the fourth annual Oyster Cook-off.

The crowd was huge, food tasted good, fun prevailed and weather stayed perfect, helping more money than last year roll in to fill the needs of the Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Department.

The volunteering went well beyond the Apalachicola firefighters who pranced around in a conga line after choreography by Pam Nobles dancers, and for Marisa Getter, who chairs the organizing committee, that volunteer effort made all the difference.

“It’s the most organized so far,” she said. “We keep getting more organized but it keeps growing so we never seem to be both ready and organized.”

This year’s growth was noticeable several blocks away, where latecomers later than the noon start were forced to park. The more than a few minutes wait in the lines for peel-and-eat and fried shrimp, oyster stew, and fried, raw and steamed oysters attested to what was even greater than the 25 percent attendance increase Getter’s crew had forecast.

Based just on Friday night’s art preview, and Saturday’s cash and credit cards, nothing else, the event took in $36,000, about one-third more than the $27,000 last year.

Friday night’s silent auction and preview at the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and the Arts, which committee member Meghan Davis “kind of took over this year,” brought in $5,000, about three times last year’s total, Getter said.



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